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Hop-Frog

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Orchestra
2019
10 min.

Alto Saxophone

Bassoon

Cello

Clarinet

Double Bass

Flute

Oboe

Strings, bowed

Viola

Violin

Winds

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Program Notes
This concerto in a single movement for alto saxophone and orchestra was composed for Eudes Bernstein and premiered at the CNSM in Paris. It is based on Edgar Allan Poe's eponymous short story. A tyrannical king's jester publicly avenges the cruel tortures his master had inflicted, and grotesquely puts him to death in front of his court. This work seeks to highlight the tragedy hidden behind a burlesque façade, reminiscent of Tristan/Tantris le bouffon's duality.